The Half Ironman: A Poem

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Some call me nuts, some think I’m crazy.

I’m almost as sleep deprived as when I had a baby.


I thought it’d be cool to do a Half Ironman.

So I found Coach Marni and training began.


I could already swim, bike, and run,

but I said, “Doing this for 70.3 miles would be pretty fun!”


Here are my biggest concerns about race day –

That I’ll panic and drown in the bay.


I’ll hit a pot hole on the bike and fall.

I’ll fuel inadequately and hit The Wall.


If you’ve never met The Wall, it’s a terrible thing.

Your mind falters and your muscles sing.


What if I poop or pee in my trisuit?

What if my timing chip falls off and there’s a dispute?


What if I can’t finish within the cut off?

What if I fail to get rid of this cough?


But no! No! No! I cannot think like this.

I must imagine that the race will be bliss.


I must visualize that I will be fast.

I must imagine that I’ll kick the swim’s ass.


I must think positive about the bike and the run,

because – really and truly – this is all super fun.


Yes, it’s true, I’ve rhymed run/fun twice.

I’m a writer but my poetry should be on a breathing device.


But one thing’s for certain, one thing is true.

When it comes to 70.3, I will follow through.


I’ll hang up my medal and look at it with pride,

and then I’ll grab Henry and we’ll go play outside.


Because the Half Ironman is just one small part of my life.

I’m a mother, a worker, a friend, and a wife.


But whenever I feel down and out,

I’ll remember this accomplishment and give a shout.


We all need a challenge, to see how far we’ll go.

To carry us through each day’s high and low.


But when this thing is over, after I say, “Ouch!”

I think I’ll get horizontal and reacquaint myself with my couch.





  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun October 9, 2013, 8:24 am

    Hahaha wow you have many talents! 🙂 I don’t think I could ever write a poem that good!

    You are going to do GREAT! I can’t wait to hear about the results!

    • Caitlin October 9, 2013, 8:49 am

      Hahah you are toooo kind.

  • Toni October 9, 2013, 8:32 am

    Your rhyme is the best,
    Good luck on your quest!

    • Caitlin October 9, 2013, 8:49 am

      Good one!!!

  • Jill October 9, 2013, 9:10 am


    I think you are supposed to pee in your tri-suit. Poop not so much :).

  • Natasha Pattison October 9, 2013, 9:11 am

    That is an amazing poem!!!!! Made my morning!
    You are an inspiration <3

  • Monica October 9, 2013, 9:28 am

    And this is why you are my favorite blogger. xo

  • Mai October 9, 2013, 9:44 am

    haha, LOVE this!

  • Patty October 9, 2013, 10:16 am

    So good!

  • Katie October 9, 2013, 10:19 am

    Love it!!

  • Colleen October 9, 2013, 10:53 am

    Love this…”We all need a challenge, to see how far we’ll go. To carry us through each day’s high and low” Definitely needed to hear this today.

  • Suzy October 9, 2013, 11:07 am

    Hee hee, very cute: )

  • Jessica R @ FromtheKitchentotheRoad October 9, 2013, 11:17 am

    Nice poem! 🙂

  • Julie October 9, 2013, 11:42 am

    Awesome! Love it! 🙂

  • Jenea Mason October 9, 2013, 12:06 pm

    Haha, Love it!

  • Kim October 9, 2013, 12:34 pm

    Ha, hilarious!

  • Ray October 9, 2013, 1:28 pm

    hahaha…that’s funny

  • Janelle October 9, 2013, 1:43 pm Love it.

  • Ali October 9, 2013, 3:22 pm

    Ha! Love it! I’m not a mother, so I can’t relate to a lot of it, but I can relate to the part on looking back on it later. For a year or so after my first IM, when things got tough, I would remind myself, “I’m a MFing IRONMAN,” and then power through whatever I was doing. Racing long is a real confidence-booster, as it should be. 🙂 Good luck!

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs October 9, 2013, 3:47 pm

    Ha! Great poem 🙂

  • Sharon October 9, 2013, 7:13 pm

    That is the best poem EVER! nice work!!!

  • Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} October 9, 2013, 7:40 pm

    Awesome poem! You’re gonna kick ass in Florida!

  • Susan October 9, 2013, 8:06 pm

    Love it ! So true!!!

  • Marni October 10, 2013, 2:22 am

    I LOVE this!! I realize I am in Kona right now about to race in the IM World Championship but YOU are inspiring me and I am so proud of you and your commitment to this race. Keep up the great work and it will all be worth it!

    -<3 your coach, Marni

  • Penny October 10, 2013, 6:19 am

    Genuinely loved this poem! I came across your website after visiting they are well worth checking out for health news

  • Taylor @ Single-tracked Mind October 10, 2013, 1:04 pm

    very entertaining poem! haha

  • Gloria October 10, 2013, 5:34 pm

    Aw, I loved this! It’s fun and light-hearted, but at the same time touches on some really meaningful points – it is just one aspect of your life, but at the same time it’s well worth the effort and time that it requires to accomplish something that you will be proud of forever. Moms get a lot of slack for spending time on goals that aren’t directly for their family, but I think this is just a beautiful illustration of why such efforts are so important. Best of luck with the race!

    PS – Did you end up finding a good place to run in Buffalo? I think I would have died if I saw you out running at the park that day. I might have literally shrieked and scared you 🙂

    • Caitlin October 10, 2013, 7:05 pm

      Awe! I did not. The weather was terrible on Monday!

  • Alexandra October 10, 2013, 9:14 pm

    Give the race your best, just do what you do
    All your followers are rooting for you !

  • Jen October 11, 2013, 7:33 am

    LOVE this! <3

  • Anne October 11, 2013, 8:54 pm

    This is perfect! Funny, true, and cute. 🙂

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